By graduating from our ESL (English as a Second Language) course you will have the skills needed to yield better results in the college environment as well as the employment field that follows. It is sure to open up many new opportunities in your area of expertise. An English learner can better support their children in their journey through school and become a more positive participant in their community. They will be studying and practicing communications skills, which includes listening, speaking, reading, writing, and critical thinking. Courses span six levels that range from Beginner Proficiency to High Advanced Academic Language.
Beginner: Students at beginner proficiency have virtually no functional ability in listening, speaking, reading, and writing English. Beginner level students may go through a “silent period” as a stage of normal second language acquisition development. The focus of this course is to help students develop their initial literacy skills by focusing on their basic language and functions required to communicate effectively in the English-speaking environment.
High Beginner: Students at high beginner proficiency begin to understand language and use it in a limited capacity. Typically, they memorize words and phrases and can comprehend and utilize language that they have acquired. The course focuses on developing basic grammatical structures, vocabulary and sentence structures that build on each other related to each unit in the texts. The materials used in the course will encourage students to express practical ideas beyond their survival English. With frequent practice, it will enable students to develop both fluency and accuracy to communicate more effectively in academic situations.
Intermediate: Students at intermediate proficiency and beginning to understand most oral language pertaining to familiar topics but have difficulty comprehending and using academic vocabulary. Their speech and writing are basic and contain frequent errors. Social language ability can be misinterpreted for more advanced ability in academic English. Grade level academic content skills are still in development. The course focuses on advancing applications in literary skills for the development of new knowledge.
High Intermediate: Students at high intermediate proficiency are able to function well in most everyday situation but still require academic language support. They may have difficulty understanding text beyond the literal level. They often make errors in structure and idiomatic language. The curricular focus is on more advanced applications of literacy skills.
Advanced: Students at the advanced proficiency can handle most personal, social, and academic language. Idioms and structure are frequently still problematic. Complicated literary and academic texts may require use of a dictionary when the language and context are unfamiliar. The ESL curricular focus is based on literacy skills necessary for success in an advanced level classroom.
High Advanced: Students at the high advanced proficiency level have already gained a better understanding of complex grammar. The focus in this level is to assist student to work on troubleshooting problem areas. Students will be given various opportunities to practice their oral communication and writing skills to help develop analytical and critical thinking skills. Students will perfect their reading skills where they will be able to understanding vocabulary in context, and making inferences.
Upon completion, students will have completed a total of 864 Total Clock Hours of study. They will clock 18 hours per week for 48 weeks. Schedule options include:
- Day/Morning Schedule: Monday to Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Day/Afternoon Schedule: Monday to Thursday, 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
|Course||Total Clock Hours|
|ESL 100 – ESL I – Beginner||144|
|ESL 200 – ESL II – High Beginner||144|
|ESL 300 – ESL III – Intermediate||144|
|ESL 400 – ESL IV – High Intermediate||144|
|ESL 500 – ESL V – Advanced||144|
|ESL 600 – ESL VI – High Advanced||144|